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African Marigold

Made a cycling trip to the local hardware store today and my guess was right. The African Marigolds (Tagetes erecta) had arrived.

Bought some for my mom and some for my own balcony.

They are very resilient and tolerate the direct sun well. The color scheme that was available was very nice this year.

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Monal

Still have few daffodils that have not opened. It has been a cooler period up here in the north which is good for daffodils. The ones that have started to bloom simply bloom longer when the weather is colder.

Monal (Narcissus’Monal’) started to open its flowers. The colors are bright and it sure stands up.

One more week to go and then I am able to spend a week in the summer cottage. Cannot wait for that.

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Ice King

Daffodil Ice King (Narcissus ’Ice King’) just started to bloom and it is a very interesting one.

It is a new purchase I made few weeks ago. Actually never seen this variety before.

Daffodils are many and it seems that I just keep on buying more. This one goes to the summer cottage and hopefully it will bloom again next year.

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Tête-à-tête

It still is cold up here in the north. Last night we went down to -3 degrees Celsius and during the day we only have about 5 degrees.

I managed to come to the summer cottage for a long weekend. This is a good time for gardening though it is so cold that you end up spending half your time heating the cottage.

Tête-à-tête (Narcissus Tête-à-tête) is the first daffodil to bloom and the others have not yet started. It is a bit pity that during the winter we usually loose half of them because they are not the hardest ones.

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Wild Daffodil

We had few warm nights and it did wonders. Daffodils are starting to bloom and it is such a delight to walk outside.

Bought this daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) from Ikea more than a month ago but finally it decided to open its flowers.

Like the color it has. Such a bright colored variety.

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Violet

There are so many different color options for Violets (Viola) but I think that I now have the ones selected for this summer.

I have been going to different shops and finding out the options for this season.

Will have most of them in pots in the summer cottage, now that the isolation of the capital area is over and it seems that we are able to travel again.

Still more than a week to go before I will have a long weekend to spend over there. Simply cannot wait time to pass.

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Lily

Bought one yellow for the Easter to start the season early.

Still few more months to go before the lilies (Lilium) start to bloom up here in the north.

When it has bloomed I will take it to the summer cottage and replant it. Not quite sure though that this variety can take the winter weather but will soon find out.

I bought few of them last year and planted. Few weeks from now I should see if they made it through the winter.

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Begonia

Begonia

I have been trying to find a perfect Begonia (Begonia) for several days now. Today I accidentally noticed this pink one.

Last year I had a striking red and yellow colored which made me want to have one this year as well.

Begonia tolerates cold, heat and wind well which makes it perfect for my balcony. Now I can just sit and watch this beauty to bloom all summer long.

Begonia

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